Though Ayurveda was extensively followed in Ancient India, its popularity has been suffering a steady decline due to the overbearing influence of the West, advancement of Allopathy, costly medicines, comparatively poor pain relief and many other reasons. The sources of Ayurvedic medicine are spread across plants, animals, metals and minerals.
The synthetic, inanimate pharmaceutical products associated with Allopathy, though temporarily effective are usually banned at regular intervals, when their side- effects come to the notice of the concerned authorities. Indiscriminate and over- the- counter use of these medicines are a cause of grave danger to the natural immunity of the human body.
Some chronic diseases do not have successful remedies even in Allopathy.A surge of new diseases created by the growth and development of antibiotic- resistant bacteria and other related deadlocks in the health- care field have prompted researchers to look towards more natural alternatives. It is here that the relevance of traditional health care systems comes in. There is a global awakening to the concept of treating a person /patient as a whole, rather than merely giving importance to the disease itself. This is where the Alternative Medicine Systems are making a come- back.
Ayurveda enjoys a long- standing track record of successful treatment and cure of acute and chronic diseases. It also has a reputation of having minimal side effects, though there are some exceptions. The West has started establishing centers of education for Ayurveda, which is slowly and surely giving much- needed boost to the science from its present state of affairs. Similar trends are being noticed in the Middle East and other developed countries too.
Ayurveda has immense potential to maintain and sustain the health of coming generations eventually resulting in the creation of a healthy society. The future and development of Ayurveda rests with the new generation of Ayurvedic physicians. Keeping this in mind, we, the Sree Narayana Institute of Ayurvedic Studies and Research, consider it our bounden responsibility that the students coming out of our institution will be torch bearers for the future of Ayurveda.